Scripture: John 13:1-7
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Focus Scripture: “Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.” John 13:1b (NIV)
Jesus, possessor of all authority of God, washed the disciples’ feet. We wonder why He would do something that servants would do. He knew of His upcoming betrayal. He knew the hearts of the eleven others. Jesus modeled love to them. I am sure they were humbled because of this deed. It was very personal to each of them.
When we read this as new believers, we focus on the main action, the foot washing. As we mature in Christ, we look at Jesus’ motivation.
Only one of the disciples, Simon Peter, spoke up and asked Jesus if the He was going to wash his feet. Jesus responded with, “You do not realize now what I am doing but later you will understand.” (John 13:7)
We all have had times where someone did something we did not understand. Usually, it is someone in authority. Even in our relationship with Jesus, conditions come to us that are beyond our comprehension. Sometimes, we have to spend quantity time in prayer and in listening for God to give us direction.
We should be ready to hear God’s words and allow Him to work out the condition in which we find ourselves. Jesus’ reason for all He does is that He loves each of us deeply.